Hey there, it’s been a while! It’s me, Julie from redheadcandecorate.com. I am so excited to be invited back today “At the Picket Fence”! Are you all craving Spring as much as I am? I bet you are. It has been a brutal Winter in the midwest (like much of the U.S.) and we are all craving the sun and warmth so badly. I was just speaking to my 83 year old Mom who lives in New York, and she said that she and my Dad feel like doing absolutely nothing, but sleeping and eating. That about sums it up for me, how about you? I told her to make sure that they are taking their vitamin D supplements, and getting a little exercise to get those endorphins moving. She agreed that was a good idea.
“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!”
Ok, ok, so maybe it’s more like the second ‘most wonderful time of the year’ since I know that honor really goes to Christmas.
But, I honestly cannot properly convey to you just how much I love Spring and, most especially, when my lilacs are finally blooming. I snip them and bring them inside and literally bury my nose in the blossoms every time I walk by. It’s like they call out to me. My only complaint is that, like Christmas, it’s over too quickly.
So, I thought that I would celebrate this fleeting moment in time by putting together a little collection for you of lovely lilac inspired ideas and inspiration.
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“If winter comes, can spring be far behind?”
― Percy Bysshe Shelley
I don’t often get to celebrate Mother’s Day with my mother. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I did.
The title of this blog post should really read, “The aged galvanized metal tray that really didn’t want to age.”
And maybe it’s the fact that I turned 40 this year that made me feel a lot of sympathy towards this tray and its unwillingness to let me give it a faux aged look even while I was cursing it under my breath.
My husband and I were talking the other day about this magical thing that transpires when we get one-on-one time with our kids. And these days with our almost teenager, its almost as if he becomes a different person. Gone is the attitude and the eye rolling and the one word (usually sarcastic) answers and in their place is laughter and fun and great conversation.
Lately I’ve been having a lot of what I refer to as ‘Twilight Zone’ moments. I’m pretty sure it was just Christmas and yet here I am today sharing Easter Recipes and Table Decorating Ideas with you. How did that happen?
If you’ve spent any time over here you know that I love words. I’ve tried to do one of those blog posts where it’s just pictures but it ends up being about the same as when I’m having a conversation with someone and there are big, long pauses. I can’t do it. I simply MUST fill in the gaps! It’s a sickness, I tell ya.
I love baking. Honestly I WAY prefer it to cooking. This might have something to do with the fact that anything I bake is received by my family with joy and gratitude as opposed to the meals I cook each night which, frankly, are always a bit like a shot in the dark. Sometimes they hit their target and sometimes they are so far off from the target you would think that I was purposely trying to torture them.